Fishing boat with 7 people on board overturns off Galiano Island

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VANCOUVER – Five children and two adults are recovering today after a late-night rescue.

Just after 8 p.m. Monday night a 30-foot fishing vessel with the seven people on board overturned two miles off Galiano Island, close to Valdes Island.

“The people aboard had a handheld radio, that’s why this story is ending so well,” said acting Acting Sub-Lt. Ron MacDougall from Canadian Forces Base Comox.


A hovercraft, two BC Ferries, the Canadian Coast Guard, and auxiliary vessels all responded. The first to get there was hovercraft from Sea Island in Richmond and all seven were pulled to safety.

Acting Captain Tom Moxey with Canadian Coast Guard says the family departed from Delta and was headed for Kelsey Bay to relocate their home.

They had all of their home belongings on board.

Moxey says when the coast guard arrived, the family was scattered around in the water, hanging on to whatever they could grab.

The boat was almost fully submerged.

The occupants were in the water for about 45 minutes to an hour and suffered mild to moderate hypothermia.

“If this was winter time, it would have been different,” says Moxey.

Shortly after that the Fast Rescue Craft from the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 29 was on scene, the Coast Guard Lifeboat Cape Naden arrived. Both vessels searched for the overturned boat and any pollution in the water. The semi-submerged vessel was found and the RCMSAR 29 crew towed it to a safe harbour while the Cape Naden worked to recover floating debris.

It’s still unclear how the incident happened.

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Jane Fonda opens up about Canadian mother’s sex abuse, suicide

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TORONTO —; Jane Fonda made headlines this week after she opened up to an audience of activists and philanthropists in California about her Canadian mother’s sexual abuse and suicide.

But it wasn’t the first time Fonda talked about her mother’s pain.


In a video recorded in 2012 to support Eve Ensler’s 1 Billion Rising campaign, Fonda revealed her mother was sexually abused when she was 8 years old.

“It damaged her life forever,” the actress said. “She was never able to really love or not to feel guilty.”

Fonda also said her mother Frances Ford Seymour killed herself at 42 “and those two things are related.”

READ MORE: Pamela Anderson reveals she was molested as a child, raped in her teens

At an event on Sept. 28 in Beverly Hills marking the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Center, Fonda explained she learned about her mother’s sexual abuse while reviewing medical records.

“The minute that I read that, everything fell into place,” Fonda recalled. “I knew why the promiscuity, the endless plastic surgery, the guilt, the inability to love or be intimate, and I was able to forgive her and forgive myself.”

Fonda, 76, was introduced at the Beverly Hills luncheon by her friend and 9 to 5 co-star Lily Tomlin. Toronto-born actor Eric McCormack was another speaker at the event.

Seymour, who was born in Brockville, Ont. in 1908, was the second wife of actor Henry Fonda. According to Jane Fonda’s 2005 memoir My Life So Far, Seymour had a history of mental illness. She took her life —; when Jane was only 12 —; while a patient at a mental health facility in Beacon, New York.

“Mother wrote six notes,” Fonda recalled in the book. “Then she went into her bathroom … carefully withdrew the razor she’d managed to keep hidden, and cut her throat.”

If you, a family member or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, or you believe they may be suffering from severe depression and/or anxiety, there are many organizations available to help including the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. 

– with files by The Associated Press

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Competition Bureau calls for more regulation to cut wireless roaming rates

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GATINEAU, Que. – Canada’s competition watchdog says consumers would benefit from the introduction of a new national wireless carrier.

But the Competition Bureau says regulators need to do more than simply capping roaming rates to prevent the big three wireless carriers from stifling any new competition.

The bureau was the first to appear at public hearings that began today into the health of Canada’s wholesale wireless market.


The CRTC is examining whether more regulation is needed to taper or cap the wholesale rates cellphone carriers charge other wireless companies to allow their customers to roam outside of their home networks.

MORE: Lower wireless bills for Christmas? CRTC mulls cheaper rates

And while the commission is not examining the roaming rates consumers pay, bureau senior economist Patrick Hughes told the hearings that wholesale and retail markets are inherently linked.

As the hearings got underway, at least one think tank questioned whether the CRTC should do anything at all to affect the wholesale roaming market.

The Montreal Economic Institute says, despite the impression of some Canadians that they pay among the highest cellphone roaming rates, consumers in many other countries pay more.

Still, the Competition Bureau told the CRTC there is evidence that the profit margins of the major wireless carriers are higher than they should be.

The Harper government has repeatedly tried – so far unsuccessfully – to entice a fourth national player to set up a wireless service in Canada to compete against Bell, Rogers and Telus.

The government’s argument has been that more competition would result in lower consumer prices.

The Competition Bureau agreed, saying a fourth national carrier would increase choice and reduce retail wireless prices by about two per cent.

Quebecor Inc. has suggested the wholesale roaming rates it pays to piggy back on a major carrier’s cellphone towers may prevent it from expanding its mobile business.

Other smaller carriers have also said roaming rates are a major factor affecting their ability to compete.

But Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B), BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) and Telus Corp. (TSX:T) maintain that further regulation would hinder their ability to invest in improvements to their own wireless networks.

Ottawa has already passed legislation capping the rates carriers can charge on a wholesale basis at no more than what they charge their customers at the retail level, pending the outcome of this week’s hearings.

Montreal-based Cogeco Cable Inc. (TSX:CCA), which is hoping to offer wireless services without building its own cell tower network, is expected to ask the CRTC to adopt new rules to allow for the creation of what are known as mobile virtual networks, effectively giving smaller carriers access to large players’ spectrum and cell towers.

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Al-Shabab leader surrenders in Somalia: Official

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NAIROBI, Kenya – A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday.

Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.



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    Hersi may have surrendered because he fell out with those loyal to Ahmed Abdi Godane, al-Shabab’s top leader who was killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this year, the officer said.

    Hersi was one of seven top al-Shabab officials whom the Obama administration offered a total $33 million in rewards for information leading to their capture in 2012. It is not clear if the reward will be paid out for Hersi because he surrendered.

    Despite major setbacks in 2014, al-Shabab remains a threat in Somalia and the East African region. The group has carried out many terror attacks in Somalia and some in neighbouring countries including Kenya, whose armies are part of the African Union troops bolstering Somalia’s weak U.N.- backed government.

    READ MORE: Al-Shabab militants kill 28 non-Muslims on Kenyan bus

    On Christmas day al-Shabab launched an attack at the African Union base in Mogadishu. Nine people died, including three African Union soldiers, in the attack on the complex, which also houses U.N. offices and western embassies. Al-Shabab said the attack was aimed at a Christmas party and was in retaliation for the killing of the group’s leader Godane.

    Al-Shabab also claimed that 14 soldiers were killed but the group often exaggerates the number of people it kills.

    Al-Shabab is waging an Islamic insurgency against Somalia’s government that is attempting to rebuild the country after decades of conflict.

    Al-Shabab controlled much of Mogadishu during the years 2007 to 2011, but was pushed out of Somalia’s capital and other major cities by African Union forces. The United States and the U.N. warn that political infighting in Somalia is putting at risk the security gains. The federal government remains weak and wields little power outside the capital Mogadishu.

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Your Saskatchewan: December 2014

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Every weeknight on News Hour Final and weekends on News Final, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

To submit a picture for Your Saskatchewan, email to [email protected]广州桑拿论坛.

Pictures should be at least 920 pixels wide and in jpeg format.

Dec. 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Suzanne N. of someone taking snow removal on his street into his own hands in Saskatoon.

Suzanne N. / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Elaine McMillan in Prince Albert.

Elaine McMillan / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 3: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Suzy Pilat of a sundog at Glaslyn.

Suzy Pilat / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jorge Hofer at Dinsmore.

Jorge Hofer / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Garett Maurice of the Churchill River at Patuanak.

Garett Maurice / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Rosemarie Bautista in Saskatoon.

Rosemarie Bautista / Viewer Supplied

Dec. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Brad Gardiner in Beauval.

Brad Gardiner / Viewer Supplied

Dec. 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jan Elder near Grandora.

Jan Elder / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Darren Schatz in Saskatoon.

Darren Schatz / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 11: Tonight’s Your SK was taken by Cari Perih of her shoveled off slough ready for her daughter to play hockey on at Biggar.

Cari Perih / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 12: Tonight’s Your SK was taken by Glen Booker at Stony Rapids.

Glen Booker / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Amanda Risling in Wilkie.

Amanda Risling / Viewer Supplied

Dec. 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Theresa Letendre in Leask.

Theresa Letendre / Viewer Supplied

Dec. 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carrie Smith in Delisle.

Carrie Smith / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 16: This Your Saskatchewan picture was taken by Carleen Antonenko, who snapped this photo from her bedroom of a deer standing on its back feet eating bird food at Candle Lake.

Carleen Antonenko / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 17: This Your Saskatchewan picture was taken by Sherilee Diebold-Cooze of her friend riding her Gypsy Cross horse at Smuts Lake on a warm December day.

Sherilee Diebold-Cooze / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Ashley Yurchi over Borden.

Ashley Yurchi / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Trudy Tarasoff looking west along 20th Street in Saskatoon.

Trudy Tarasoff / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Susan Forty in Lloydminster.

Susan Forty / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 21: This Your Saskatchewan picture was taken by Reba McNeill near Wiseton.

Reba McNeill / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Sue Brown in Saskatoon.

Sue Brown / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Wendy Trask in the R.M. of Corman Park.

Wendy Trask / Viewer Supplied

Dec. 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Deserée Wiebe in Saskatoon.

Deserée Wiebe / Viewer Supplied

Dec. 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tracy Roberts in Hanley.

Tracy Roberts / Viewer Supplied

Dec. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Sherry Myers in Saskatoon.

Sherry Myers / Viewer Supplied

Dec. 29: Craig Boehm snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo near Regina.

Craig Boehm / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cheryl Hare near Rosetown.

Cheryl Hare / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 31: Lynn Dutton snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo near Gull Lake.

Lynn Dutton / Viewer Submitted



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B.C.’s Julio Montaner, Wally Buono named to Order of Canada

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World-renowned HIV/AIDS researcher Julio Montaner and BC Lions general manager Wally Buono are two of six British Columbians named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.


Montaner’s work includes pioneering an HIV cocktail that was adopted by the World Health Organization and the UNAIDS program in 2000. Earlier this year Montaner was selected for induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Buono is the Canadian Football League’s all-time winningest coach, leading the Lions to Grey Cup wins in 2006 and 2011.

Other prominent Canadians who made the list include sports announcer Bob Cole, former Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney and singer Chantal Kreviazuk.

Here is a full list of 2014 additions and promotions in the Order of Canada:


James Douglas Fleck, Toronto. This is a promotion within the order.

Donald Malcolm McRae, Ottawa.

Richard W. Pound, Montreal. This is a promotion within the order.


Albert Bandar, Stanford, Calif. and Mundare, Alta.

Jean-Louis Baudouin, Montreal.

Mark Carney, London, U.K. and Ottawa.

Catherine Frazee, Canning, N.S.

Shaf Keshavjee, Toronto.

Mark Lautens, Toronto.

Wendy Levinson, Toronto.

Norman Emilio Marcon, Toronto.

James Rodger Miller, Saskatoon, Sask.

Peter Milliken, Elginburg, Ont.

Julio Montaner, Vancouver, B.C.

Nancy Margaret Reid, Toronto.

Eleanor Wachtel, Toronto. This is a promotion within the order.


Caroline Andrew, Ottawa.

Jean-Pierre Andrieux, St. John’s, N.L.

Jacob Austin, Vancouver, B.C.

Baidar Bakht, Scarborough, Ont.

Denis Brott, Saint-Sauveur, Que.

Lisa Brown, Toronto.

Wally Buono, Surrey, B.C.

Peter Calamai, Ottawa.

Christina Stuart Cameron, Ottawa.

Wendy Marion Cecil, Toronto.

Brenda Clark, Port Hope, Ont.

Robert Cecil Cole, St. John’s, N.L.

Tim Cook, Ottawa.

George Cope, Toronto.

Robert W. Cox, Toronto and Waterloo, Ont.

A. Gordon Craig, Toronto.

John W. Crichton, Manotick, Ont.

Conrad Charles Daellenbach, Toronto.

Patrick Dolan Darrah, Saint John, N.B.

Michael DeGagné, North Bay, Ont. and Ottawa.

Jean-Guy Desjardins, Westmount, Que.

Alba DiCenso, Campbellville, Ont.

Edgar J. Dosman, Toronto.

Joanne M. Sullivan Douglas, Vancouver, B.C.

Barry V. Downs, Vancouver, B.C.

Louise Dupré, Montreal.

Simon Durivage, Montreal.

Kappy Flanders, Montreal.

Charles Foran, Toronto.

Julia E. Foster, Toronto.

Raymonde Gagné, Winnipeg.

Brenda Louise Gallie, Toronto.

Serge Gauthier, Montreal.

Aurélien Gill, Mashteuiatsh, Que.

James K. Gordon, Sudbury, Ont.

William C. Graham, Toronto.

John Grew, Montreal.

Christophe Guy, Montreal.

Thomas Jon Harle, Ottawa.

Frank Hasenfratz, Guelph, Ont.

Adèle M. Hurley, Toronto.

Joan F. Ivory, Westmount, Que.

Patrick Johnston, Roslin, Ont.

John G. Kelton, Dundas, Ont.

Sheldon Kennedy, Calgary, Alta.

Laurence Klotz, Toronto.

Chantal Kreviazuk, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. and Toronto.

Normand Laprise, Mont-Royal, Que.

John Barker Lawson, Toronto.

Suzie LeBlanc, Montreal.

Grégoire Legendre, Québec City.

Jens Lindemann, Pacific Palisades, California, U.S. A. and Edmonton, Alta.

Keith MacLellan, Bristol, Que.

Michael I. M. MacMillan, Toronto.

Raine Maida, Los Angeles, California, U.S. A. and Toronto.

Thomas J. Marrie, Halifax.

John G. McAvity, Ottawa.

Susan McGrath, Toronto.

Jeremy Nichol McNeil, London, Ont.

Michael A. Meighen, Toronto.

Robert Mellin, St. John’s, N.L.

Diane Morin, Charlemagne, Que.

Russell J. Morrison, Toronto.

Peter Ernest Murdoch, Roxboro, Que.

Dan Needles, Ottawa.

Cal Nichols, Edmonton.

John Palmer, Toronto.

Charles E. Pascal, Toronto.

Michael Phillips, Shanghai, China and Hamilton, Ont.

Ervin Podgorsak, Brossard, Que.

John R. Porter, Quebec City.

Gary Slaight, Toronto.

H. Olav Slaymaker, Vancouver, B.C.

Robyn Tamblyn, Montreal.

Jean-Claude Tardif, Montreal.

Lorraine Vaillancourt, Montreal.

Eric Robert Walters, Mississauga, Ont.

H. Bruce Williams, Montreal.

Catherine Zahn, Toronto.

-with files from Canadian Press

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Police investigate alleged sexual assault in Brentwood

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WATCH ABOVE: Calgary Police are warning women across the city about a man believed to be responsible for a sexual assault in the northwest last night. Police say it happened near the Brentwood LRT station early Friday evening as the woman was leaving the train. Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports.

CALGARY- Police continue to search for a suspect in an alleged sexual assault in Brentwood.

Officers were called to the area near the Brentwood Shopping Centre around 7 p.m. on Friday.



  • Police looking for information in sexual assault case

    Police say a woman was allegedly attacked by an unknown male.

    The victim was leaving the Brentwood LRT station and walked a short distance toward Brentwood Road N.W. when she noticed a man was walking behind her.

    Police said the man then grabbed her from behind and dragged her to a nearby alley. The woman fell to the ground and the man struck her in the head.

    She screamed loud while fighting back and was able to run away.

    EMS attended the scene, but the woman refused transport or treatment of any kind.

    Police searched the area for a suspect, but so far no arrests have been made.

    Police are asking for the public’s assistance, if anyone heard the victim or saw the incident Friday night to call police.

    The site of the alleged attack is a relatively busy path used by shoppers and commuters coming off the train.

    “That’s what they were saying to about having the train run all the way to Tuscany because that kind of brings whoever like you don’t know right.”

    People who live next to the alley say they’re used to seeing to suspicious looking characters hanging around.

    Those who ride the train say more security at the station would help, especially considering the number of young female students who pass through here.

    “Oh I would say there should be some train security especially at night and if you think about it, with SAIT and the university here there are kids around and lots of people partying and just having fun so you never know when you’re drunk you don’t know what’s going on around you,” one train rider said.

    Police are cautioning people to stay in well lit, populated areas and minimize using cell phones and listening to music while walking at night.

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Slayings of NYC police officers touched ‘soul’ of nation: Biden

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WATCH ABOVE:  New York police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down in their cruiser last week. The shooting underscores tensions being felt after weeks of anti-police violence protests in several U.S. cities. Mike le Couteur reports.



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    NEW YORK – Vice-President Joe Biden told thousands of people gathered Saturday for the funeral of a New York police officer killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting that their deaths “touched the soul of an entire nation.”

    Biden addressed hundreds of police officers, family and friends of Officer Rafael Ramos inside the Christ Tabernacle Church in the borough of Queens and thousands more outside who came from across the U.S.

    READ MORE: A look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush

    Officers watching the funeral service on giant screens joined those inside in applauding when Biden called the New York Police Department the finest in the world.

    “When an assassin’s bullet targeted two officers, it targeted this city and it touched the soul of an entire nation,” the vice-president said.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the Dec. 20 daylight shootings of the officers as they sat in their cruiser on a Brooklyn street was “an attack on all of us.”

    The attack shook the city and put a halt to large-scale local protests criticizing police over a series of high-profile deaths of unarmed black men.

    WATCH ABOVE: N.Y. Mayor de Blasio speaks at the funeral for NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos

    Funeral plans for Ramos’ partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, have yet to be announced.

    “Law enforcement isn’t just your own department; it runs deep,” said Lt. Chris Thibault of the Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, Police Department.

    When the Ramos family arrived, the eldest son – wearing his father’s New York Police Department jacket – was hugged by a police officer.

    Ramos was described Friday during an eight-hour wake as a selfless, caring and compassionate man.

    “What happened to my father was a tragedy,” Ramos’ son, Justin, said in a tearful eulogy viewed by hundreds of officers in the street who watched on giant television screens outside the crowded church. “But his death will not be in vain.”

    Ramos, a 40-year-old married father of two, was studying to become a pastor and kept Bible study books in his locker, his commanding officer said.

    WATCH: Ramos family and community members speak

    Officer Dustin Lindaman of the Waterloo Police Department flew from Iowa to attend Ramos’ funeral.

    “He’s one of our brothers, and when this happens, it affects everyone in law enforcement – it absolutely affects everyone,” he said. “We wanted to show our support.”

    After the death of the officers on a street in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant section, the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed himself. Police said he was troubled and had shot and wounded an ex-girlfriend in Baltimore earlier that day.

    In online posts shortly before the attack, Brinsley referenced the killings of two unarmed black men – Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in the New York borough of Staten Island – by white police officers.

    Police union officials have said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio contributed to a climate of mistrust toward police amid protests over the deaths of Brown and Garner. At a hospital after the shooting, the police union’s president, Patrick Lynch, and others turned their backs on the mayor in a sign of disrespect. Lynch blamed the mayor then for the officers’ deaths and said he had blood on his hands.

    Weeks before the shooting, Lynch suggested that officers sign a petition requesting that the mayor not attend their funerals were they to die in the line of duty.

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan and others have since tried to temper the rhetoric.

    WATCH: Halt protests, political debate until after police funerals: NYC mayor

    De Blasio has stood firmly by the police since the shooting, calling on the demonstrators to temporarily halt their protests and praising officers after the police department announced the arrest of a seventh person since the shooting for making threats against police.

    There was no noticeable reaction from police outside the church when de Blasio arrived Saturday about a half hour before services.

    A block from the church, though, retired NYPD Officer John Mangan held a sign that read: “God Bless the NYPD. Dump de Blasio.”

    “If the mayor really wanted to do the right thing, he would have gotten into an NYPD car and rode around Bed Stuy and see the difficult jobs these cops do every day,” Mangan said, referring to a neighbourhood in Brooklyn. “The bottom line is there should be more signs out here in support of these cops.”

    Ramos and Liu were the first officers to die in the line of duty in New York since 2011.

    They have both been posthumously promoted to first-grade detective, police said.

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Culture Days hosts hundreds of events in Manitoba

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WINNIPEG – Hundreds of activities are taking place this weekend in Manitoba for Culture Days.

“Anything from visual art, music, theatre, story telling, dance, all sorts of events are happening across Manitoba from as far north as Churchill, as far south as Plum Coulee, and of course Winnipeg,” said Melissa Courcelles, Culture Days organizer.

A total of 355 free events will take place in Manitoba over the weekend and thousands more across Canada.


“It’s very multicultural, it exposes all different types of culture,” said Courcelles.

Like bee keeping, what some call a hidden culture that many don’t get an opportunity to see.

“You would never have the opportunity in the real world, people don’t generally go into a beehive unless they’re a bee keeper,” said Veronica Larmour, a recreational beekeeper.

Artists also left their private studios to set up shop in public spaces, showcasing their talents and answering questions from visitors.

“They come around, they want to know what I’m doing, we talk about the clay,” said artist Bill Shoup.

Nearly 2,000 Winnipeggers also spent Saturday filtering through the Etsy handmade craft market, a part of culture days.

“The important part is that people are able to make a connection with the person that made the item for them,” said Ruth Smith, Etsy ‘Made in Canada’ Manitoba.

“I’d rather buy local and from someone who’s trying to grow a business than buy from a big store, so it’s good to help out,” said Jenna Gordon, a customer at the Etsy market.

The fifth annual culture days includes Saturday night’s popular Nuit Blanche event and will then wrap up Sunday night.

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‘It really is honestly a dream come true’: Little Warriors founder on opening of Be Brave Ranch

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Watch above: The Little Warriors’ Be Brave Ranch officially opened its doors to the first group of children earlier this month. On Saturday, the public had its first look inside. Hundreds turned out for the grand opening of the facility, an event that’s been a long time in the making. Quinn Ohler reports. 

EDMONTON — After nearly seven years of planning, a ranch outside of Edmonton dedicated to helping children who have been sexually abused has opened its doors.



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    “I thought I’d be a lot more teary-eyed today, but I’m just smiley,” said Glori Meldrum, founder of Little Warriors, a national organization focused on preventing child sexual abuse.

    Little Warriors’ Be Brave Ranch, the first long-term treatment centre of its kind in Canada, opened earlier this month. Community members gathered Saturday to celebrate its grand opening and tour the facility.

    “Seeing the first group of kids come to the ranch – hugging them and eating lunch with them, just seeing them doing better after a couple of weeks – it really is honestly a dream come true,” said Meldrum.

    READ MORE: Little Warriors seeks to build Be Brave Ranch

    Built on 120 acres of land about 40 minutes outside of Edmonton, the Be Brave Ranch is a 60,000 square-foot facility offering specialized treatment to young sexual abuse victims. Children will spend three weeks at the ranch, then come back three separate times throughout the year for one week; out-patient care is also provided.

    “We have play therapy, equine therapy, group therapy; we have a yoga room and a movie room. So not only therapy, we’ve also got all these other things [so] that kids can be kids,” explained Meldrum.

    The road to the grand opening of the ranch wasn’t smooth, though. While the project received $50,000 in government funding a few years ago, Little Warriors relied heavily on public donations to fund the facility.

    “That’s Albertans, right? There’s a lot of people that love these kids that have been violated and hurt, and so Albertans always do the right thing and stand together,” said Meldrum.

    READ MORE: Opening of Alberta’s Be Brave Ranch delayed

    So far, the organization has raised more than $2 million to fund treatment for 100 children during the first year.

    “The more places we have like this, the more places people can go and heal and go on to live happy, healthy, productive lives,” said former NHL player Theo Fleury, who was sexually abused by disgraced hockey coach Graham James in the 1980s.

    “I used to be one of those little guys and you know, I’m blessed and fortunate to have been able to get through it.”

    Little Warriors is hoping to raise more funds by selling naming rights to each room at the ranch.

    The next group of children arrives at the Be Brave Ranch in mid-October.

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Liberal cabinet minister endorses John Tory for mayor of Toronto

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WATCH: David Zimmer, MPP for Willowdale, gave his endorsement Monday morning to Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory.

TORONTO – Cabinet minister David Zimmer added his name to the growing list of people endorsing John Tory for mayor.

The MPP, standing beside Tory, made the announcement Monday morning at a short press conference at the mayoral candidate’s headquarters.



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    “What we need as a province and what my constituents need in Willowdale… is a responsible partner that the province can work with to sort out and to solve all of the challenges that Toronto faces,” Zimmer said.

    Zimmer, the MPP for Willowdale and minister of aboriginal affairs, named congestion, transportation and development as some of Toronto’s most pressing issues.

    Zimmer joins Scarborough-Centre MPP Brad Duguid as cabinet members who have endorsed Tory.

    Tory, speaking on CP24, shortly after the press conference finished, said Zimmer’s endorsement sends the message that only he can work with the province to build transit.

    The endorsement comes the same day a poll by Mainstreet Technologies, a new firm which also does work for politicians, concluded recent candidate Doug Ford was gaining support.

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    Ford’s support, according to Monday’s poll, suggested Ford had 30 per cent support among Toronto voters, up seven points from a poll by the same company last week.

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At least 12 killed in worst east Ukraine shelling in a week

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ABOVE: A giant statue of Lenin was pulled down by jubilant crowds in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on September 28

KYIV, Ukraine – Eastern Ukraine has suffered the worst violence in more than a week as fighting between pro-Russian rebels and government troops in the region killed at least 12 people and wounded 32, officials said Monday.

Col. Andriy Lysenko told journalists in a briefing in Kyiv on Monday that at least nine troops had been killed in a day and 27 had been wounded.


Meanwhile, the city council of Donetsk said in a statement published online that at least three civilians were killed and five wounded in overnight shelling of a residential area in the northern part of the city, where fighting has centred on the government-held airport.

Violence has continued despite a cease-fire declared on Sept. 5. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been at pains to insist to a skeptical audience at home that his peace plan is working.

Since fighting began in April, the conflict has claimed at least 3,500 lives. On Sept. 20, representatives of Russia, Ukraine, and the rebels signed another agreement that would require both sides to remove all heavy artillery from the frontline, creating a buffer zone that would allow the cease-fire to be better enforced.

On Sunday, in the second-largest Ukrainian city, Kharkiv, nationalists tore down an enormous statue of Vladimir Lenin to cheers from the crowd. Across Ukraine, people have torn down statues to the former Communist leader in a symbolic display of anti-Russian sentiment.

The authorities in Kharkiv supported the move. Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs and a Kharkiv native, wrote on his 广州桑拿论坛 page: “Lenin? Let him fall… As long as nobody gets hurt.”

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